About Us

img_3558Welcome to The Watercraft Journal, my name is Kevin Shaw, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher (and you can reach me directly at kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com). Together with my wife and daughters, I wanted to pursue my love for personal watercraft, those who encompass the industry and accompanying sport, and create something unique – something that matters.

Here you will find a daily supply of uniquely-written industry news, honest product and personal watercraft reviews (and at times, they might be a little too honest), timely event coverage across around the globe, informative technical how-to articles, shop tours, interviews, gorgeous pictures and some pretty cool videos.

You can count on us to publish new articles every single day, Monday-through-Friday. No other magazine compares and since launching in 2013, have become the single-largest, most popular PWC in the world. Best of all, The Watercraft Journal is for you to share with your friends and families. That’s why it’s 100-percent online and it’s 100-percent free to you.

The Watercraft Journal Staff

Kevin ShawKevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

Contributors

DaBomb BoonrawdDaBomb Boonrawd

A freelance photographer and graphic designer from Bangkok, Thailand; Bomb Photography is one of the most talented action and lifestyle photographers in our industry. Make sure to check him out at www.facebook.com/bombphoto

Cody ColeCody Cole

Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a beat up '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Fast forward 17 years, Cody still has the Charger, along with a few other Mopars ranging from a '70 Coronet, a '73 Duster and a couple of current SRTs. Cody can truly and proudly say he is a true Mopar nut in love with all types of Mopars!

Ryan CooperRyan Cooper

Ryan is known by his parole officer as an insufferably irritable jerk who often finds himself sleeping in other people's cars when he's not masquerading as an inner-city mall Santa 9 months out of the year. When not writing for The Watercraft Journal, Ryan can be found outside of the Circle K in San Dimas, CA.

Billy Crews Jr.Billy Crews Jr.

Born in south Louisiana and raised on bass fishing in the Atchafalaya Spillway, Bill Crews, Jr. has been at home on the water for most of his life. Introduced to PWCing in 2006, he's been recording his trail rides (and finding new ones) via his website PWCTrailfinder.com ever since. When not stuck behind the desk, he can usually be found on the water, in the woods, or in a cave - camera in hand.

Andrew DonovanAndrew Donovan

Known throughout the Australian PWC scene as "Skip" and for his astounding eye behind the lens, Andrew's "Photos By Skip" have become some of the best action shots in performance watercraft. When he's not shooting skis, he's freeriding the surf.

Tim DucatTim Ducat

Tim Ducat lives in Belleview, FL and works in sales. He started riding personal watercraft at the age of 6 and have been racing for 20 years. This sport is what keeps him sane!

Blake EllestadBlake Ellestad

Blake decided to buy a jet ski before a car and it was the greatest decision of his life. He was able to start reading on the forums and absolutely fell in love with the information and the sport. Blake says he will be riding jet skis for a very long time.

Patricia FiskePatricia Fiske

Patricia Fiske is from Washington state who discovered jet ski racing two years ago when her 13-year-old daughter decided she wanted to race her Kawasaki JS550. It was love at first sight and since then has moved onto bigger, faster skis. After always having to depend on others for pictures of the races, Patty decided to take up photography about a year ago and found a new love and natural talent for being behind the lens.

Danyelle GlendenningDanyelle Glendenning

Oregon raised and Arizona living, lover of all powersports and documenting life one photograph of the time, Danyelle wrote, "In 2005 the addiction started. I watched and observed another photographer for 9 years before picking up the camera and seeing what he saw. Life."

Mark GomezMark Gomez

A progressing 23-year-old professional Freerider, World Champion racer, and stuntman from Fullerton, CA., Mark has been riding stand up jet skis since he was 7. When he's not traveling the globe to participate against the world's best surf riders and racers, Mark can be seen performing stunts at Universal Studio's "Waterworld Stunt Show" and has even graced both the TV and movie screens as a stuntman.

Jules HopkinsJules Hopkins

Jules Hopkins was born and raised in the watercraft industry. Following in the footsteps of his father, he plans on being in the racing scene for a long time. An up-and-coming racer, Jules competes among the best-of-the-best in Pro Ski Stock and Sport GP.

Kurt NgSayeKurt NgSaye

Kurt NgSaye is originally from New York City and after serving many years in the Air Force now calls Melbourne Florida home. He’s a current jet-ski rider/racer He’s an avid photographer and has taken pictures of many events across the sunshine state to include P1 Aqua X and Daytona Freeride. “I’m just out there having fun.”

Ocean PriselacOcean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

Pavlina WilliamsPavlina Williams

From Ostrava, Czech Republic, Pavlina (or Pavi to her friends) now resides with her boyfriend and JetManiac owner Chris Williams in Orlando, Florida. Owner of Naughty Water and a stellar freeride photographer, Pavi is also a fine freerider on her own accord aboard her Superfreak.

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